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Grateful DeadGrateful Dead Live at Starlight Theater on 1982-08-03 (August 3, 1982)

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Collection: GratefulDead
Band/Artist: Grateful Dead
Date: August 3, 1982 (check for other copies)
Venue: Starlight Theater
Location: Kansas City, MO

Source: Soundboard
Lineage: SBD>MC>PCM>DAT>CDR with Aud patch assumed from widely circulated audience source
Keywords: Live concert


Mississippi Half Step-> Franklin's Tower-> Minglewood Blues, Peggy-O, El Paso, Cumberland Blues, Althea-> Cassidy-> Big Railroad Blues, Women Are Smarter, Might As Well Shakedown Street-> Samson & Delilah, To Lay Me Down-> Let It Grow-> Drums-> He's Gone-> The Other One-> Stella Blue-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Casey Jones


Missippi Half-Step cuts in at 12 seconds
Cassidy has several cuts throughout
Let It Grow cuts at tailend as they play out to drums
* Aud patch assumed from widely circulated audience source

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Average Rating: 4.42 out of 5 stars4.42 out of 5 stars4.42 out of 5 stars4.42 out of 5 stars4.42 out of 5 stars

Reviewer: Chris U. - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - February 13, 2011
Subject: Brent is Jerry is God
Here is another show to rank up there with 5-22 from the Greek in terms of the extreme tight beats and relative instensity of the performances.

Set 1:
Mississippi Half-Step
Franklin's Tower
New Minglewood Blues
El Paso
Cumberland Blues
Big Railroad Blues
Man Smart-Woman Smarter
Might As Well

Set 2:
Shakedown Street
Samson And Delilah
To Lay Me Down
Let It Grow
He's Gone
The Other One
Stella Blue
Sugar Magnolia

Here's how I program this:

Mississippi Half-Step
Franklin's Tower
[Cassidy is skipped because of an awful cut in the board recording}
Might as Well

Shakedown Street
To Lay Me Down
Let It Grow

The Lay Me Down is especially magnificent but regardless, all things considered, this is one of the best shows of the 80s and, if nothing else, is more proof that everthing post-coma is sort of pathetic and irrelevant. After seven or eight minutes of 'Let it Grow', when the floor drops out from beneath from your feet, nobody will question this. The next best (and last best) version may very well be Springfield '85.

This version transitions harshly around 11 minutes, at least on my pooter. You have been warned.
Reviewer: kctomato - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - July 22, 2006
Subject: the stars shining bright
After seeing Phil at starlight a few nights ago (7-19-06) I really reflected back to this show and so did quite a few old friends. Everyone brought up the incredible sunset at this 82 show. Funny how everyone seemed to disagree WHEN that occured. I remember Bobby pointing up to the streaks of light at the last of El Paso when he said "goodbye". I know Im right ;)

In 82 they didnt even come close to selling out and I remember lots of people jumping the fences.

What a change Starlight itself has gone under. I think this was one of the best shows I had the chance to attend. It certainly beats out the other 84 & 85 shows there.

All recording afficinado crap aside I hope this gets released one day.

Check out Jerry's sweet phrasing on Peggy-O. A crazy paced Cumberland and lively Mighty as Well. Probably one of my favorite Shakedowns.
Reviewer: AshesRising - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - July 2, 2006
Subject: From birth to death....and everything in between
Always gotta love shows when Jerry paints a tapestry with a little bit of everything. Beginning with "Half-Step" ("..on the day I was born..") and closing with "Stella" ("When all the cards are down..") and in between "Don't tell me this town (life?) ain't got no heart/You just gotta poke around." ("Shakedown Street") Thank you to all who allow us to benefit from you work, - AshesRising
Reviewer: shineurlvlght - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - May 20, 2006
Subject: On the day that i was born...
This show was performed on the day i was born....August 3, 1982. I have been a Grateful Dead fan for nearly half my life, but sadly never saw the band in person. It's really cool to be able to hear a show from the day i was born. Especially with the 1/2 Step opener...on the day when i was born...such a great show makes me smile
Reviewer: gankmore - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - March 29, 2006
Subject: A great show.
The stream is a little weird.
Reviewer: early 80's meltdown - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - January 5, 2006
Subject: Gankmore
Why do you have a TRY THIS ONE that has nothin to do with this show. Its a high qual recording of Box from another show? Weird.
Reviewer: Lemmy - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - October 7, 2005
Subject: Smokin'
Wow lovin this show! The shakedown rawksss...
There is a matrix out there which sounds really nice using this source as the sbd side of things...
Reviewer: catfishjon - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - April 26, 2005
Subject: hot night
104 degrees that day and the place was electric...every song was played tight and flowed from to the next..2nd set let it grow and other one are jewels...last casey jones for awhile...what a shame.
Reviewer: stratocaster - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - March 25, 2005
Subject: 08-03-82
I initially rec'd an aud of the 2nd set about 10 years of my favorite early 80s shows...great to finally hear the first set...the second set is great from the opening notes of shakedown to the closing ring of Casey Jones...classic Let It Grow>Drums, Space>He's Gone are show highlights...quality is good, not superb, some of the intros sound stepped on in the first set...5 for performance for that era and a 3 for quality...overall 4
Reviewer: jnipe - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - August 16, 2004
Subject: Fine show
My girlfriend and I were following the Dead around for a couple weeks of this tour but certainly this one was the best show we saw. What a beautiful venue. The crowd was wonderful. We'd been a bit disappointed with Jerry's '40th Show' at Zoo Ampitheater, though that was actually a pretty decent gig but this one blew us out of our seats. Really the power of the show can't be transmitted through a recording. Unfortunately there are some problems with this recording. Show was a big 5 but the recording is a 3 or 4. So I give it a 4, though I'd urge you to download what was clearly one of the finest shows of the early 80s.
Reviewer: one-eyedjack - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - August 3, 2004
Subject: Love this show!
A decent quality cassette copy of this show (1st and 2nd sets) has been one of my favorites from 1985 to the present. This version seems seems a little fuzzy and sped up by comparison, but is still very entertaining. If only there was a pristine "Betty Board" type recording for it! Unfortunately the '82 soundboards fail to rise to that level.
Still, this whole show smokes: from the raging 1/2 Step>Franklin's Tower right through ALL of the 2nd set. I would give almost anything to have been there this night ... 5 stars for performance, 3 for the recording = 4 stars overall.
Reviewer: davesnothere - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - July 3, 2004
Subject: third times a charm
As I mentioned in another review how the third times a charm...this was my third show, and after this one I moved to the back of "the bus" where I've only occasionally gotten off just to stretch my legs. It cracks me up now to think I wasn't familiar with half these songs at the time, or didn't realize how regularly they did, say , the other one, and remember whilst they played it that it seemed Jerry was late on his vocal, as if he'd forgotten where he came in while looking at Weir, thus my thinking how cool they'd pulled this one out of the chest, while not realizing how infrequently they performed To Lay Me Down and Casey Jones during the 80's. Sometimes ignorance is bliss, sometimes not. Ah, we're all newbies at one time, fortunately I was at this point in their history.
What strikes me about this show is that they continue a trend throughout this tour: solid playing and song selections. Jerry had just turned 40, and he's on fire. His singing is strong overall, and the band in general is right there with him . '82 was the last year they'd do Mississippi Half Step until '85, and the last that they'd follow it with Franklin's. Some of the other segues here seem kind of unusual (Althea>Cassidy>Big RR snd Samson>Shakedown).
Right now I'm listening to Big RR, and am pleasantly surprised how well I can here Bobby's guitar during Jerry's solo. I'll never forget looking around the Starlight during Shakedown and everybody was boogie'n. One more note on this show, which I love to recall, is this place holds about 8,000, and we bought tickets at the box office around 5p.m. that day. Seems like a long, long time ago, considering.
As I look over the set list it strikes me how many genres of music are represented, which of course the Dead are renowned for, but check it out: blues (Big RR, Stella, He's Gone) gospel (Samson), country/western (El Paso, Cumberland), folk (Peggy O, Casey Jones) calypso (Man Smart), r&b or dare I say disco (Shakedown) and the signature Dead, defying category (Franklin's, Might as Well, Sugar Mag). It's all here folks, you've spent too much time reading this when you should have been downloading it!
Thank you so much Jonathan Aizen and
My tape of this show isn't so much to listen to anymore, and it brings back fond memories.

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